By Accommodation Times Bureau
Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has planned to sign an MoU with Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), to redevelop 18 suburban stations of Mumbai, whose infrastructure was designed nearly 100 years ago, that too without planning, and is now insufficient to cater the increasing demand of Mumbaikars.
On June 21 railway minister Suresh Prabhu had a meeting with top railway officials ,wherein he passed the orders to expedite the work on the station redevelopment.
MRVC’s Chairman and Managing Director Prabhat Sahai said, “MRVC and RLDA will either form a joint venture or subsidiary to carry out redevelopment of suburban stations. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed to execute the project.”
MRVC has finalised 18 stations including Bandra, Andheri, Dadar, Kurla and Dombivli for the redevlopment. Some of them will be developed through Public Private Partnership (PPP) and some will be developed through cash contract. The stations may be given on lease for 45 years.
The revamp plan will cover relocation of stalls, improving the circulating area and improving aesthetics like improved surface, walls and even top quality rest rooms, an official informed. The bidders will only be allowed to make any construction business on the air-space above the platform , no construction or structure will be allowed to come up on railway tracks, as it will affect the schedules of trains.
A city architect PK Das has carried out a deep study to improve the condition of the 51 stations of the city . The total roof area of these stations , says Das, would be up to approx. 6,27,300 sqmtrs (155 acres), which can be leased to private bidders to set up food-stalls, cafeteria, tea stalls, etc.